The Information Commissioner's data protection practice scheme has not seen a single government department join.

 

According to a report in the 20th February issue of Private Eye, no departments signed up to the Personal Information Promise that was launched on 28th January, European Data Protection Day.

 

The ICO made the promise in response to recent reports on major data losses, and urged the heads of organisations and government departments to sign up to the promise to demonstrate their organisation's senior level commitment to data protection.

 

Private Eye claimed that organisations including T-Mobile, trade union Unison, Royal Mail, police forces, NHS trusts and several local councils have already adopted the promise, which asks them to go ‘further than just the letter of the law' in handling individuals' data and to put appropriate financial resources and training into their safeguards.

 

The article claimed: “The list of early adopters didn't include a single Whitehall department, so privacy campaigners No2ID made a freedom of information request to the ICO, who promptly replied that it had invited the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and the Department of Work and Pensions but that ‘to date we have not received a response from the government departments approached'.”